Under the Baobab: Black Creatives in the Arts

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A look into how black creatives explore and create artistic spaces in the world.

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Bring a pillow, bring a blanket, come to Het Park (next to Euromast) Rotterdam as we sit under a tree to discuss, reflect and move our bodies. Bicultural bodies carry with them stories of change, identity and acceptance. This month we will be exploring black creatives in the art world, the trajectories artists take to create, showcase and make a living from their art. We will come together to learn how to stay true to ourselves, how to sustain ourselves and continue the exploration of black creative stories.

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  • About Movement
  • About Photography
  • About Poetry
  • About Singing

Why should you attend? 🌳

  • Learning how we can uphold each other in the creative industry
  • Understanding the perspectives of a black artist in the creative industry
  • A space to share your own experiences
  • Unique opportunity to expand your network


  • Opening remarks by Omek x Nenecreates
  • Breakout Sessions: in smaller groups, mixed groups
  • Plenary Discussion: recap of key points discussed in the breakout rooms and introduction to future events as part of Omek's programs.

Note on COVID-19

This is the first in-person Under the Baobab in more than a year. We want make sure to respect the 1,5meter distance at all times. Please bring your own blankets! We are looking forward to having you with us!

About Under the Baobab

Convening Under The Baobab is a tradition that has been, and continues to be, practiced in numerous African communities. Often referenced in African literature as a sacred space, this magnificent tree serves as a meeting place for the community where thoughts and lessons are shared.

Africa’s history and contribution to human civilization were erased from world history and books. Technological advancement and scientific discoveries have made it possible to uncover facts about the continent’s true history.

Now with the new generation of Africans in the diaspora growing in affluence and their quest for cultural identity and social justice, there is a greater need for learning African history and changing the social narrative. Each month, we will meet to explore one of the many themes introduced and presented by a community member.

Past themes have included “How Culture Informs Craft”, “Past, Present, Future of African Diaspora Health and Wellness” and “Black Lives Matter Movement: Beyond Borders”.

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